Through the vision of its Founder, LaShanda Pitts, Classy Living Society was founded in 2013 as a women’s community service organization with a commitment to change the world! CLS endeavors to inspire and cultivate genuine friendships through a membership-driven private social club. As a hands-on community partner for local charities and nonprofit organizations, CLS members volunteer their time and resources to enrich the lives and futures of those in the community and to bringing awareness to those causes CLS is passionate about. CLS also provides a superior platform which allows women to connect with other like-minded women, by hosting high-end, exciting and premier events, galas and social functions throughout the year. Among many community and national recognitions and accolades, CLS is a proud recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award issued by President Barack Obama in 2016.
With over 200 members, CLS is committed to expanding our membership throughout the country and abroad! CLS established its home base in Atlanta and since then has expanded its membership rolls to cities throughout Georgia and in California and Tennessee.
In addition to its many core attributes, CLS has developed quite a number of initiatives and “extras” to further its efforts in the community:
-SHADE – CLS has its own line of socially conscious lipsticks bringing awareness to causes affecting the world — $2.00 from each lipstick purchase is donated to a number of non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people who need it most.
-CLS’ Biz Zone: facilitates development and growth in businesses and their proprietors through education, promotion, networking opportunities and a number of forums through which members can advertise and promote within the organization to build an entirely new customer base!
-CLS Cares: CLS’ green initiative, CLS Cares, CLS is committed to preserving our environment by providing resources for carpooling/ridesharing to member events, recycling, adopting local roads, gardening and urban sustainability. CLS ensures that member events are eco-friendly and makes “going green” a priority.
-CLS Book Club: Classy Woman Reads is CLS’ very own book club – in which CLS sisters join together to discuss the latest books at periodic Dine and Discuss meetings. These quarterly gatherings are held in various locales to accommodate our nationwide membership with the goal in mind to present an annual national collaborative meeting. Classy Woman Reads Book Club is designed to inspire women to think outside the box, socialize with like-minded women and READ!
We are Committed to Changing the World!
As a daily news watcher, I found myself becoming more and more saddened by what I was seeing on television and posted on social media. People seem so angry, so unhappy, and in such turmoil. I kept thinking to myself, “How did we get here?”
Then, one day, it dawned on me that quite possibly the human race had forgotten about the word CARE!! Who cares anymore? Who cares about our neighbors, our children, our youth, and the struggles of both men and women who are pushing hard in life to make it better for their families.
As I pondered this I thought, “Wow… I haven’t been a foot soldier with respect to charity work! No mentoring, no extending my own presence.” Yes, of course, I give at Thanksgiving and Christmas time in conjunction with my employer and provide occasional food bank donations here and there and try to be a kind and pleasant person every day. Yet there I sat saddened by all of the world’s turmoil. So I decided to step outside of myself to get a real blessing — which comes in helping others. I was overcome and inspired by the thought of getting others equally excited and involved about doing charity work. But how? How could I make charity work exciting, fulfilling, fun, nurturing, and the new trend??
Come along with me on this journey called life. Let’s help make a difference in someone’s life and as well as our own. Let’s broaden our horizons, learn a new language, a new skill, meet some new people, travel to new and exciting places. Let’s open our hearts and minds to the wondrous possibilities in life. Let’s change the WORLD!